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Preventing Breast Cancer: Genetic History & Cancer Screening

5-10% of breast cancers are because of a genetic mutation, which is not a lot. However, if you have that genetic mutation, there is a 45-60% chance that you will have breast cancer in your lifetime.

Posted: Oct. 22, 2018 7:17 AM

There are couple of things your doctor needs to know about your family’s medical history. Your genetic patterns can impact when you’re screened, how often you’re screened, how early you’re screened and if you need genetic testing.

As it relates to breast cancer, 5-10% of breast cancers are because of a genetic mutation, which is not a lot. However, if you have that genetic mutation, there is a 45-60% chance that you will have breast cancer in your lifetime.

Kristin Filer with Providence Medford Medical Center recommends that you look at two to three generations around you, “look at grandparents, your parents, your aunts and uncles, your first cousins, your siblings and nieces and nephews,” explains Filer.

“What the doctor wants to know is; do they have cancer, have they ever had cancer. Specifically, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer and pancreatic cancer,” says Filer, “The other big thing too is how early were they diagnosed? What age did they die of it? They really want to know if they were diagnosed with cancer under the age of 45.”

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